I-222, '3A' A.I.Mikoyan/M.I.Gurevich
Despite of such a 'record intentions', it was a well-equipped fighter. Pair of synchronized 20mm cannons, armored pilot's seat, armored glass plates in front of pilot and behind him, soft fuel tanks and high-altitude pressurized cockpit made it one of most advanced piston engine fighters.
I-222 was ready in April 1944, and took off on May 7 same year. It set series of records (see table), but the natural payback was very high landing speed - 169km/h.
|1*1430/1860hp AM-39B with 1*TK-300B
|Speed at 6700m
|Speed at 12500m
|Climb to 5000m
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